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Allergy season is upon us, and whether we like it or not, the changing seasons affect our mood as well as make everyday living a nightmare. I personally suffer from seasonal allergies, and for a couple weeks, I can’t stop sneezing or keeping my eyes from running like faucets.
So we wanted to put together a list of the Top 4 Seasonal Allergy Mistakes and how you can avoid them.
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1. Common Mistake: You treat symptoms without knowing what youíre allergic to.
Simple Solution: Get tested.
Before you assume that your allergy medicine isnít working, make an appointment with a board-certified allergist. (Find one near you at www.acaai.org/LocateAllergist.) ďThe allergist can perform skin testing, which is the most accurate way to identify allergy triggers,Ē says Sublett. Then he or she can help you find the best treatment.
2. Common Mistake: You donít steer clear of your allergy triggers.
Simple Solution: Play hard to get.
Once you know what your trigger is, minimize your exposure to it.
3. Common Mistake: You wait too long to take allergy medicines.
Simple Solution: Plan ahead.
If you know you have seasonal allergies, start taking medications that usually work for you as soon as the season starts. Watch the weather: As the temperature warms up, pollen is sure to follow.
4. Common Mistake: You eat produce and other foods that might aggravate sniffles and sneezes.
Simple Solution: Talk to your doctor.
Check with an allergist if youíve ever experienced these symptoms after eating certain foods. If you have oral allergy syndrome, you should avoid fresh fruit and nuts during allergy season, although cooking or peeling fruit can help some people avoid a reaction. Your physician will know best.